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Recorded:Jun 24    Posted:Jul 10, 2019
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The Wright Show | Jul 10, 2019 | Robert Wright & Serene Jones

Sophia

Stranger Things and the spirit of Gen X

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Daniel Kaufman and Milton Lawson discuss whether the Netflix hit signals Generation X will have its pop culture moment.

Culturally Determined

Searching for the science behind ASMR

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Jamie Lauren Keiles, who recently wrote about ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) for the New York Times Magazine.

The Wright Show

Is meditation “for” something?

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Robert Wright, who just returned from a meditation retreat, talks with Josh Summers.

Mind-Body Problems

Is there consciousness after death?

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John Horgan talks to author Bernardo Kastrup about what happens after we die.

Sophia

Was Prince genderqueer?

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Jane Clare Jones discuss the late rock star’s expression of gender.

The Wright Show

What’s going on in the heads of Flat Earthers?

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Lee McIntyre, author of the new book The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience, explains why no amount of evidence can convince a certain kind of science skeptic.

Sophia

Is it time for the humanities to strike?

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Philosopher Daniel Kaufman speaks with Nathan Eckstrand, author of a recent essay arguing for an international labor strike in college humanities departments.

That “analytic swing”

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Josh Summers speaks with jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg about his time working as a full-time musician while studying in a philosophy graduate program under Daniel Dennett.

Mind-Body Problems

Embrace the strange

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Jeffrey Kripal, author of the new book The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge, argues that strict materialism does more to encourage religious fundamentalism than to stem it.